Civil rights activist Dr. T.R.M. Howard gives the featured speech at a rally for civil rights at Madison Square Garden in March 1956. He is introduced by A. Phillip Randolph, the president the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. Other people on the platform at the conference included Eleanor Roosevelt. Howard was the main mentor to Fannie Lou Hamer and Medgar Evers. He was one of the wealthiest blacks in Mississippi headed a large civil rights organization, the Regional Council of Negro Leadership, and was instrumental in finding witnesses and evidence in the Emmett Till case. He was president of the National Medical Association (the black counterpart of the AMA) and chairman of the board of the National Negro Business League (the black counterpart of the Chamber of Commerce).